Support for Students Award - Harlow College Case Study

Harlow College has radically transformed its Supported Studies curriculum to enable learners to develop their skills to prepare them for adulthood and employment.

Harlow College has developed a person centred curriculum that wraps around the Preparing for Adulthood Agenda: employment, independent living, health and well-being, friends, relationships and community. 100% of SEND learners complete meaningful work experience linked to their aspirations and develop skills for supported employment and living in the community.

We have developed new ways to record progress and skills. All learners undertook work experience, 78% on internships achieved paid employment, 43% secured full-time paid employment supporting their independence. 98% achieved their RARPA qualification. These positive outcomes have led to a 200% increase in learners on the Supported Internship programme.

Students understand that they can take the lead, that their ideas have value and benefit others. Students having a voice, staff learning from the students and the higher aspirations of students have had an impact and clear sustainable outcomes from this project are the independence and confidence that remain with our learners.

Our excellent work related outcomes have been the most transformational part of our initiative with the greatest benefit to our learners being preparation for independence.